Nagpur: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and MLC Prakash Gajbhiye on Wednesday entered the Vidhan Bhavan with a demand to arrest Sambhaji Bhide in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence case, albeit, in different style. Gajbhiye wore Sambhaji Bhide-like costume and carried a basket of mangoes with different messages scribbled on the fruit.
Bhide is accused of instigating the violence against Dalits during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in January. He has denied the allegation. The violence that occurred near the war memorial at Bhima-Koregaon in Pune district on 1 January triggered a sharp reaction from Dalit organisations.
Talking to media persons, Gajbhiye asserted that nothing is bigger than Indian Constitution. “Respecting the Constitution is our foremost duty. No one is bigger than the law as provided by the Constitution. However, the State Government is shielding Sambhaji Bhide. Everybody should be treated equally. Hence Sambhaji Bhide should be arrested immediately,” the NCP leader demanded.
Notably, it was the first day of the Monsoon Session of State Legislature that commenced from Wednesday, July 4.